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"Finkelstein was a founding member of the Silence=Death collective in New York at the onset of the AIDS crisis and gives a first-hand account of the origins and use of the Silence = Death graphic and tracks its use by the “AIDS Action Committee”, later known as ACT UP. He also offers an inside look at the collective Grand Fury and details many of the strategies and challenges that informed their most successful campaigns like “Read My Lips” and “Kissing Doesn’t Kill.” This book is essential for understanding the politics of resistance and the impact of ACT UP’s impact in building a movement. Silence Was, Silence Is and will be an invaluable resource for artists and activists of all ages. "— Ken Gonzales-Day, Professor of Art at Scripps College
"Through this generous, powerful act of bearing witness to the early days of the AIDS crisis, Finkelstein- a central figure in the image strategies developed and deployed by ACT UP, and a profound cultural analyst himself- has delivered a crucial set of insights for the next generation of artist-activists that aspire to transform our political landscape. It is a witnessing told with heart and unflinching honesty, always eager to eschew the dominant narratives that seek to define this history, in favor of revealing the true complexity of social movements and their participants. We are in his debt." — Mark Read, a founding member of The Illuminator Collective.
"After the Holocaust, it was said for a time writers couldn't and didn't write. We, survivors/artists of the late 80s and early 90's AIDS era have found our voices again. Avram has written an important, one of a kind book about the history of AIDS through its images that the world needs and has waited for. It is a triumph."—Pamela Sneed Poet/author/performer/, Visiting Professor Columbia University
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